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Formerly /u/Zalack on Reddit.

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The comment was about strategy, not objective.

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Yeah, I bought gold a few times. I had no problem with "this content was so good it inspired me to give back a little to the free service we're all using."

I wouldn't mind some equivalent for the fediverse honestly. Let me donate to the home server of a user who's comment I thought was especially good.

I know you can donate directly, but I do think there was something about also making another user's day that felt good about the Gold system. The service gets some fuel in the tank and the comment author gets a little boost to their mood. It was nice.

I agree it got way too out of hand when they moved beyond Gold though.

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I'm okay with a small bubble of randos as my Fediverse, I don't need -- or want -- my social media to be "everybody".

I'm in a discord with my friends and that's pretty much all I need.

With Meta exploring the fediverse, would it be possible to create a copy-left federation license to block for-profit entities from federating with a server? (kbin.social)

I.E. a way to legally enforce that servers which federate with you are not allowed to serve ads alongside content from your server, and must be run by not-for-profit entities?...

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Sure, but having the legal standing in the first place is a good idea.

And secondly, if the licensing is done on individual posts and owned by the user, systematic disregard for that seems like it would be good grounds for a class action, which can be incredibly lucrative, and therefore attractive, to large law firms.

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Thems the breaks when using what is essentially alpha software. The devs of both Lemmy and Kbin are aware that the admin tools need work, but stuff takes time.

YSK: Signal is a great secure private messenger app comparable to others on the market. (restoreprivacy.com)

“When you use Signal, your data is stored in encrypted form on your devices. The only information that is stored on the Signal servers for each account is the phone number you registered with, the date and time you joined the service, and the date you last logged on.”...

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Have unsecured messages be opt-in and have a warning banner on non-encrypted messages. Maybe even a confirmation dialog.

That way people who want or need to be that paranoid can be, but the rest of us can have something a bit more convenient.

By disallowing SMS messaging they've just made it so a lot of people who were being secure when their contacts allowed, aren't being secure at all.

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Unless I'm misreading the article, right now this seems to just be regrowth for a very specific medical condition where teeth didn't come in in the first place?

The article mentions the possibility of stimulating growth in a latent third set of buds all adults have. But that doesn't seem to be what this specific breakthrough is.

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The Outer Wilds. IMO, non-violence-based gameplay design is an underexplored space, especially in 3-D games. The Outer Wilds manages to feel like a fully-fledged game, rather than a traditional walking simulator, using exploration as it's core gameplay loop.

Further, it's main progression system is you, the out-of-game player, learning about the world. There's no abilities you gain or keys you have to find. You unlock new areas, not as a programmed game mechanic, but as a function of reasoning about what you've discovered and gaining insight into how the game world works. Any playthrough could be beaten in about 15 minutes -- there's nothing physically blocking you from triggering the end of the game -- but it takes you 15 hours or so of flying around the solar system to accrue the necessary insight to get there.

It's really a special game.

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Beyond being set in space I would say they are pretty different. Outer Wilds is set in a single, hand crafted solar system. The planets are kind of "cutesy" and small. Like you can see the curve of the horizon when you are on each planet because they are each designed as spherical levels you are meant to explore most of.

The space flight mechanics are also pure Newtonian physics ala the Expanse, whereas the ships in no man's fly like planes, not rocket ships.

All that said. If you liked No Man's Sky I think there's a decent chance you'll like Outer Wilds.

zalack ,
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Yup, Relay is working fine for me. The Dev said it will remain free through this month and then switch a subscription.

zalack ,
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I went to donate but didn't want to give my credit card number to a random website. I'd feel way better about it if there was a PayPal option.

It appears that Twitter is DDOSing itself. (sfba.social)

Attached: 2 images This is hilarious. It appears that Twitter is DDOSing itself. The Twitter home feed's been down for most of this morning. Even though nothing loads, the Twitter website never stops trying and trying. In the first video, notice the error message that I'm being rate limited. Then notice the jiggling scrollbar on...

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"The shootings will continue until impressions improve"

zalack ,
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Since Relay is still working right now I check back once or twice a day.

After being on Kbin for the last couple weeks, it's amazing to me how shitty and toxic Reddit feels in comparison now. I'm basically only going there to check a couple niche subs, then bounce.

I'm also only commenting to suggest people check out Lemmy/Kbin, haha.

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Maybe it's because I ejected the default subs out of my list a long time ago, but I haven't gotten downvotes for it at all

zalack ,
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My understanding is that other users on the same home instance would still be able to see each other's content.

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Federation is a feature. If you want to spin up a network of Lemmy instances between universities and ONLY federate with other universities, you could!

Want to spin up a private instance for you and your friends and not federate with anyone? You can do that too!

To me one of the big selling points of federated services is you don't have to be part of the same giant bucket as every other shithead. If you want, you can pick and choose who you federate with.

Beehaw never tried to promote itself as a default instance. It was a toy hobby project started by four friends that through a fluke of where it was listed, had an enormous, unexpected growth spurt.

It's still those four people's server though, and it's totally their prerogative in how they run it. We aren't entitled to it's content, and users don't have to stick around if they don't like the way it's being run.

The fedeverse gives you choice. That means there will be some servers whose choices you don't agree with.

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If that were true, then the software wouldn't have the ability to defederate built directly into it in the admin panel. You could write software in a way where defederating from a specific instance is hard to do.

IMO the point of any open source software is the noone really has ownership over what "the point" of it is. Anyone can take that software and use it how they see fit.

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Admins are users too from a developer's point of view.

zalack ,
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I develop software for a living. If someone is using my software in any capacity, they are a user from my point of view, even if they have admin privileges.

zalack ,
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First off, cool your jets; you're being kinda rude for no reason here. Just because we disagree doesn't mean either of us is an idiot.

My point is just that you still develop features specifically for your admin-privileged users right? That's the only thing I'm trying to say by calling admins users, that they still belong to the bucket of people you consider when adding features to your software, even if they are only admin-facing features. You're right that it's just a semantic difference, so let me rephrase using your terminology then;

Admins of the software may want to create and promote their own private sites using the lemmy software that federate with only a subset of other lemmy instances. For instance, a network of 'academic' lemmy instances run by universities -- with high moderation requirements -- that do not federate with the 'popular' fedeverse.

In that sense federation is a feature, to admins.

I'm also not 100% sold on it not mattering to end-users. Like I'm a user by your metric, and I like that Kbin can de-federate from extremist instances or instances run by corporations like Meta, and will likely move homes if it doesn't and I start seeing too much content from those instances. It's a feature I specifically appreciate about this platform.

Is there any one else who feels like their life has been disrupted by this whole debacle with Reddit. (kbin.social)

I really do like KBin and Lemmy and the fediverse on the whole, but development is still young and the userbase still growing. KBin is still basically early access, and Lemmy is buggy. I spent alot of time in reddit and I'm feeling the pain of trying to ween myself from it. Just wanted to here community perspectives and see how...

zalack ,
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I had a really bad back injury a couple years ago and still can't be out of bed for more than an hour a day. It sucks hard and you have my sympathy.

You should reach out to your friends if you haven't. It's possible they're also lamenting that no one has reached out to them!

zalack ,
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Console exclusives are anti consumer and it should be illegal for console makers to offer any incentive to developers -- including studios they own -- to make a game exclusive.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk

zalack ,
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I'm not saying it should be illegal to release games for only one console. Obviously not every studio is going to have the bandwidth to develop for every platform, and some games will use special features of some systems.

What I'm saying is that it should be illegal for console makers to give any special incentives or preference to developers to do so artificially.

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It depends on whether you consider the conditions under which the original cells were donated as part of the product.

Reddit CEO lashes out on protests, moderators and third-party apps (techcrunch.com)

"He added that he plans to make changes to moderator policies so users can vote them out. Currently, a higher-ranking moderator — or the company — can boot out moderators. Incidentally, a r/Apple moderator posted on Twitter (via 9to5Mac) that Reddit was threatening to remove moderators who are staging an indefinite...

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Voting out mods is a TERRIBLE idea. It means a very active minority can effectively control a large subreddit, and politically oriented / minority spaces are going to have constant campaigns trying to take them over.

Can you imagine what it's going to be like moderating TwoX, lgbt, or egg_irl if this change goes through? What a nightmare.

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Yeah I've definitely noticed a running set of themes in the posts that are most critical of this move and it's making me much more sympathetic to Beehaw's decision.

zalack ,
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What browser is your SO using on Android? I'm using Firefox on a Google Pixel and it's passing the challenges fine.

zalack ,
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I like you're approach. It's exactly the way Relay handles it.

That being said... Maybe you need different UX for mobile vs Web?

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